Christmas Review 2022

Christmas ’22 celebrations are now a twinkling memory.

The decs are packed away, the lights are down and many brands have already kickstarted planning for Christmas 2023. So like the Ghosts of Christmas Past, we wanted to take you back to our tours of the December stores, revisiting how things looked from a retail perspective.

The holiday blues were setting in even before the festivities had begun, as 58% of British shoppers had reported being worried about the cost of Christmas. Unsurprisingly, value therefore became a big theme, as retailers and brands offered solutions to help their customers navigate the crisis.

Our review looks at how the retailers fared and discover if we had the penny-pinching Christmas that was predicted…

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Retail Roundup Report – November ’22

Providing on the ground insights from retailer-led events and brand-specific campaigns, to sales promotions and experiential activity.

November’s report gives you an overview of the newly opened Battersea Power Station. We explore how this iconic venue has been converted into a hub offering high-end retail and entertainment to visitors. In addition, we’ve taken a tour of the world of luxury, showing how stores are continuing to attract shoppers within this space.

Finally, in the midst of one of the most controversial FIFA tournaments, we discovered how brands and retailers have embraced the World Cup as it strives to compete with the festive noise.

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Retail Roundup Report – October ’22

From retailer-led events and brand-specific campaigns to sales promotions and experiential activity.

We’ll cover them all in our reports!

As the season changes and consumers re-appraise their shopping habits in light of significant economic pressures and darkening evenings, we look at how three retailers have introduced new concepts in an attempt to interest and excite shoppers with Sustainability also high on the agenda for all.

Aldi introduced their new eco store in Leamington, River Island launched their concept store River Studios in Rushden and Hotel Chocolat’s new Factory café and shop opened in Northampton.
In addition, we have a quick look at the best and worst in the grocery multiples this month.

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Retail Roundup Report – September ’22

From retailer-led events and brand-specific campaigns to sales promotions and experiential activity.

We’ll cover them all in our reports!

In this edition we’re excited to show you the new Amazon Fresh Store in London, the retail stores of Edinburgh, several UK Airports and the usual suspects in Grocery and the High Street.

The message has been clear in September as retailers and brands navigate the economic uncertainty. Deals, Discounts, Value, Savings, Rewards… it’s been hard to escape these messages, no matter where you shop.

Events Season has kicked in but on a smaller scale to normal, Halloween seemed a bit more muted, Christmas POS started to trickle into store, and Diwali activity appeared in some retailers.

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Retail Roundup Report – August ’22

Welcome to the August Retail Roundup.

From retailer-led events and brand-specific campaigns to sales promotions and experiential activity; both online and in-store. We’ll cover them all in our reports!

August has seen a resurgence in promotions and loyalty-based activity as retailers and brands begin the fight to retain customers as we start to navigate the cost-of-living crisis. Meanwhile, confectionery brands make a last bid for off shelf space before Grocery Multiples push ahead with HFSS rules.

This edition takes a closer look at DIY retail but also features a variety of Grocery and High Street retailers.

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Retail Roundup Report – July ’22

Welcome to the July Retail Roundup.

From our tours of the stores, our Retail Roundups are your eyes on the ground; bringing snapshots of what’s been going on in retail without the need to leave your desk.

From retailer led events to brand specific campaigns. POS and sales promotions through to experiential, both in physical and digital spaces. Whatever’s going on around retail in all it’s forms, we’ll capture it here!

July’s been an interesting month in retail. No sooner had the kids broken up for Summer than the obligatory Back to School campaigns kicked in. A month of celebration, with the Lionesses proving it actually can come home, and we rather reluctantly embraced the hottest day on record. Yes, bottled water sold out everywhere!

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Retail Roundup Report – June ’22

Welcome to the June Retail Roundup.

From our tours of the stores, our Retail Roundups are your eyes on the ground; bringing snapshots of what’s been going on in retail without the need to leave your desk.

From retailer led events to brand specific campaigns. POS and sales promotions through to experiential, both in physical and digital spaces. Whatever’s going on around retail in all it’s forms, we’ll capture it here!

Grocery stores provided the focus for our June report and captured both Jubilee and Father’s Day activities.

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